NCFC v BHAFC (21/4/17) | Match Preview

Brighton go into this game on Friday, knowing they have already secured promotion for the first time to the Premier League; but a win would seal the second tier title for the first time in Brighton’s history. Norwich’s season is over with no fears of relegation or making the play-offs.

Norwich News;

Norwich will be missing Matt Jarvis, Alex Tettey, Timm Klose and Youssouf Mulumbu for the visit of Brighton. Norwich won 3-1 away at Preston on Monday; goals from Graham Dorrans and Josh Murphy put Norwich in front before Tommy Spurr pulled one back; James Maddison came up with a 3rd in added time. Cameron Jerome is the leading Norwich scorer with 16 goals.

Form; W, L, L, W, L, W

FACT; Norwich have lost just once in their last 7 (W5, D1, L1) games against Brighton, although it came in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Brighton News;

Brighton have no fresh injury concerns after Monday’s promotion winning match; Sam Baldock, Shane Duffy and Connor Goldson all remain sidelined. Brighton secured promotion to the Premier League on Monday thanks to a 2-1 win over Wigan, followed by Huddersfield’s draw at Derby; Glenn Murray and Solly March scored the Albion goals, before Nick Powell scored a consolation goal. Murray has scored 22 goals this season, the same amount he scored in his last season with Brighton.

Form; L, W, W, W, W, W

FACT; If Brighton secure the title, it will be their fourth in 16 years, more than any other current EFL club; only Manchester United have won more.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [5]-[0]  (29/10/16);

Brighton thumped the Canaries in the last encounter, thanks to goals from Anthony Knockaert, Lewis Dunk and a hat-trick from Murray.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 30 of the previous 86 meetings between the 2 sides, with Norwich winning on 32 occasions. Brighton haven’t win at Carrow Road since Boxing Day 2002 (D1, L3 of their last 4 meetings since then), with the last meeting in Norwich being the thrilling 3-3 draw back in November 2014.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert,Stephens, Kayal, Skalak;

Murray, Hemed;

Prediction;

Norwich 1-1 Brighton

 

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